Kids are full of energy which means keeping them at home over the Easter holidays can be a bad idea. Instead, help them burn their never ending bursts of energy by engaging them with some of these fun yet educational activities in Mount Isa over the coming Easter school holidays.
Without further ado, here is a list of our favourite family friendly things to do in Mount Isa that will entertain over the Easter holidays.
Teach them to fish at Lake Moondarra
Spring into a classic teaching lesson as you prepare yourselves to go pescetarian this Good Friday and grab a fishing rod and some nets as you head up to Lake Moondarra with the kids.
A short 17 kilometre drive north of Mount Isa city centre, Lake Moondarra offers a spectacular Outback landscape that is admirable. The shoreline drive is picturesque and will keep the kids in high spirits as they come closer to the lake.
Regularly stocked with barramundi, keen anglers will be thrilled to discover that other species include sleepy cod, catfish, sooty gunter, perch and long tom. You don’t need any permits to fish at the lake, however catch limits do apply and can be found here.
Beyond fishing, the lake is safe for swimming, boating, sailing and canoeing for the adventurers at heart. The grassy expanse is also a great spot for throwing a picnic, with large shady trees for cover. There are also free to use barbecue pits to cook up a storm.
The bird life at Lake Moondarra is spectacular, with galahs, ducks, pelicans and cormorants frequenting the area, making it a great spot to catch some amazing photos. Make it a fun activity for the family and challenge each other to see how many bird species you can spot by grabbing a species list from Outback at Isa for each member of the family.
Experience the Mount Isa Family Fun Park
No Easter holiday in Mount Isa is complete without a visit to the Mount Isa Family Fun Park.
Renowned for being the largest playground in Queensland, the Mount Isa Family Fun Park guarantees to thrill kids of all ages. A visit here can take up a whole day as kids explore the park’s large expanse. There are plenty of bike tracks and walking trails along with several age appropriate play areas that are covered with soft fall rubber ground covers that make it safe for the kids to tumble.
The junior and senior play areas are well maintained with a range of play equipment that help refine motor skills and engage curiosity, while the enormous water park has over 20 installations to keep them busy. There’s also a sensory garden that is interactive and will stimulate inquisitiveness, while the 20 metre long double flying fox will bring out the daredevil at heart.
It would be a shame to miss a visit to the park these Easter holidays, so be sure to check it out. It’s located on Church Street and is opened everyday from 9am to 9.30pm except for Wednesdays where cleaning happens in the morning and the park reopens at 3pm to 9.30pm.
Treat the kids to a Steakhouse
There’s a beauty between kids and the good ole’ cowboy days, and nothing speaks better to the hearts of young ones than an experience at a classic western-themed steakhouse.
For a treat, head to the Rodeo Bar & Grill Steakhouse at the Isa Hotel. Opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, a meal here embraces the Mount Isa heritage of being the rodeo capital of Australia.
The setting is amazing, featuring an open style kitchen which gets everyone up close and personal to their food as it cooks before your eyes. With a range of premium cut meats smoked or grilled to perfection, the whole family can dive into a feast of a lifetime. Oh, and there’s always fresh, cold beer on tap waiting to pair beautifully with your meal while the kids dig into theirs.
The Rodeo Bar & Grill Steakhouse is a must-dine when in Mount Isa, and being so popular, bookings are essential to avoid disappointment. Simply call (07) 4749 8888 to reserve your spot.
Race at the Mount Isa Go Kart Club
Get their adrenaline racing this Easter holiday with a race around the Mount Isa Go Kart Club track. A non profit organisation, you’ll be amazed to discover how massive the tracks are thanks to the wide expansive landscape of Mount Isa.
You don’t need a driver’s licence to go kart, with kids as young as 6 being able to get behind the wheel.
Beyond the fun and excitement, go karting teaches kids a lot of skills including hand eye coordination as well as important safety rules on the track, demanding that they abide by them. The experience forces kids to increase their judgment as they maneuver their way around the track safely and quickly. Spatial awareness also increases as they learn to observe other drivers and vehicles as they share their surroundings, which will help them become a better driver on the road.